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Lot 317: Jaguar E-Type Series III Convertible

Sports & Classics of Monterey, RM Auctions (12 August 2010)

250 hp, 5,343 cc (326 cu. in.) 60-degree OHC V12 engine, four-speed all-synchromesh transmission, independent front suspension with semi-trailing wishbones, torsion bars, telescopic shock absorbers, anti-roll bar, independent rear suspension with lower transverse tubular links, radius rods, universally jointed half-shafts, twin coil springs and telescopic shock absorbers, Girling four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 105"

- Original car with just 17,000 miles - Desirable combination of four-speed with air conditioning - One of just 3,165 produced for 1973

Across the pond it was called the E-type, but in the States it was referred to as the XKE. Known to Jag aficionados as a Series III, the XKE was offered from 1971-1974 in both coupe and roadster form but in the US exclusively as a roadster. The updated model was powered by a 5.3-liter V12, Jaguar's first new engine since the debut of the postwar XK120 in 1948. During the four-year production run, a total of 15,287 would be produced. Once again, Jaguar signified the importance of the American market by introducing the car on March 25th, 1971 at the New York Auto Show  the first time the company introduced a car in the United States rather than in Europe.

The larger engine necessitated a longer hood and chassis with a bigger air intake and grille to improve airflow to the new V12. Flared wheel arches accommodated wider tires and wheels. The formerly plain grille now contained a crosshatch insert. Road & Track magazine reported 0-60 mph in 7.5 seconds and a ΒΌ-mile time of 15.4 seconds, making the car an able performer in its day. The Series III is viewed by many as one of the best buys of the early 1970s, a time when few cars had the panache and style of Jaguar. No car since has offered the exotic glamour of a V12 engine and near 150 mph performance at such an affordable price. Total E-Type production for 1973 would be 4,686 units, including 3,165 roadsters, which were more aptly described as convertibles by this point.

This particular car is a rare E-Type from 1973 that is in extraordinarily original condition and, as such, could be shown with pride in any survivor or preservation class forum. Showing just 17,000 miles on the odometer, it is painted in classic British Racing Green along with green leather interior and black convertible top. It was delivered new in England and is an original car with its original interior and mostly original paintwork from the factory. The top boot is also the original unit, and the car wears its tires as delivered, including spare. Equipped with the four-speed and optional factory air conditioning, this is one very desirable Jaguar certain to be the envy of anyone at a vintage European sports car event.

Lot Details
Auction Sports & Classics of Monterey
RM Auctions, Monterey, California
Lot Number317
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)$49500
Condition rating0
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Chassis numberUD1S22552
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